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Temple Advances, Going to State Meet! (2 Years in a Row)

It all started at the beginning of this season, as 251 5A high schools entered the annual UIL One-Act Play Contest. Advancing through district, bi-district, area and regional contests, there are now only 8 schools remaining — and Temple is one of them! In fact, it's the second year in a row that Temple has made the Final 8 and is going to state. Temple's play, Bug, advanced to state from the regional contest held at San Jacinto College in Pasadena on Friday, April 22.

Through all the contest levels, Temple has received many individual acting awards. The two top individual awards are Best Actor and Best Actress, and Temple students have received one of those two top awards at every level. In fact, at the area level, all five cast members received one of the 18 individual acting awards that were given to the six schools.

At the regional contest Emma Tolleson was named Best Actress in the region. Andrew Tye was named to the All-Star Cast, and Latrice Scott was selected for the Honorable Mention All-Star Cast. Derresha Webb was named an All-Star Technician.

The state contest will be May 23-25 in Bass Concert Hall on the University of Texas at Austin campus. (See schedule below.) In addition to the one-act play, Temple also has seven students that advanced to the state finals in the UIL Theatrical Design contest and Emma Tolleson will be competing in the state finals UIL Academics Prose Interpretation contest.

A public performance in Temple prior to the state contest will be Sunday, May 22 at 6 p.m.

CLICK HERE for Information Page  with complete cast and crew listings.

Monday, May 23
       6:30 p.m. Prose Interpretation Coaches' Conference, UTC 2.112A
             (Prose prelims are Tuesday, with finals on Wednesday)

Tuesday, May 24 at Bass Concert Hall
       6:30 a.m. Begin unloading set pieces, props, costumes, etc.
       7:30 a.m. Company meeting for all schools
       During the Day: Official Rehearsals for 8 schools, 50 minutes each
       4:00 p.m. Grapevine High School, Death of a Salesman
      *4:50 p.m. Lewisville: The Colony High School,
            The Hands of Its Enemy
      *5:40 p.m. Magnolia High School, Bob: A Life in 5 Acts
      *6:30 p.m. Leander High School, Picnic
       7:30 p.m. Canyon: Randall High School, Eurydice
      *8:20 p.m. Temple High School, Bug
      *9:10 p.m. Waxahachie High School, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
      *10:00 p.m. Corpus Christi: Tuloso-Midway High School,
            The Caucasian Chalk Circle
      *11:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony for the 5A shows
*Times are approximate because shows run back-to-back.

Tickets: Adults $14 per session, Students $12 per session. The UT PAC Box office will only accept cash and checks (no credit cards). Checks should be made out to "UT-Austin". For best seat selection, plan to line-up for Session Two. The auditorium is cleared after Session One, and people already in line for Session Two are the first people to get in the auditorium.

Wednesday, May 25 at Bass Concert Hall
      9:00 a.m. Walk-through Critiques of State Theatrical Design contest finalist entries
      10:00 a.m. Critiques of previous night's 5A one-act plays
      3:30 p.m. Prose Interpretation Awards Ceremony in the LBJ Auditorium
      6:30 p.m. Theatrical Design Awards Ceremony in the LBJ Auditorium
             (located in the LBJ Library and Museum building)

Below is an article by Annette Nevins that appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on May 8, 2016:

Temple students after the announcement that the team was "Going to State"


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Temple High School
Theatre Arts Department
415 South 31st Street
Temple, TX 76504

Natasha Tolleson
Office 254-215-7278

Theatre Instructor,
Lights & Sound Teacher
Kayla Stewart

Technical Director
Brad LaMotte

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29 Years

Temple's UIL One-Act Play Team has been a District Champion for 29 years in a row (as of March 2021). No other UIL team at Temple High holds such a record.

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2019-2020 Highlights

Texas Thespian Convention
Six Events Advance to
International Competition

Named a Texas Thespian
Outstanding Troupe (1 of 6)

Named Texas Thespian
All-Star Troupe (1 of 23)

Second Place in Texas
Team Mask Making

Performed Marathon Play
Wilderness for 500 people

UIL One-Act Play Mac Beth
District Champion. Contests
after district were cancelled

2018-2019 Highlights

Mrs. Tolleson Named a
TETA Educator of the Year

Texas Thespian Convention
All 8 Events Advance to
International Competition

Team Mask Making

Team Set Design

Nominee, Texas Thespian
Troupe of the Year (1 of 6)

5th Place
Baby with the Bathwater

Texas UIL 6A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of 254 schools)

5th Place in Texas, Div. 2
UIL Dramatic Design Group

2017-2018 Highlights

Texas Thespian Convention
All 10 Events Advance to
International Competition
(More than any other troupe)

Texas Thespian Performance
of Wonder of the World

Texas Thespian All-Star
Troupe (1 of 10 in Texas)

Nominee, Texas Thespian
Troupe of the Year (1 of 3)

4th Place On the Verge
Texas UIL 5A State Finals
One-Act Play Competition
(Out of over 250 schools)

2016-2017 Highlights

Texas UIL Hair & Make-Up
Design (Division 2)

5th Place in Texas, Div. 2
UIL Dramatic Design Group

14 Students Advance to
International Competition

Texas Thespian Mainstage
3 Performances of Cabaret